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7 Ways To Beat Your Fear of Flying

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7 Ways To Beat Your Fear of Flying

While the Wright Brothers insisted that soaring above the earth like a bird would grant humans freedom, many people shudder at the mere thought of flying. However, you don’t need to stick to road trips just because airplanes send chills down your spine. There are many things you can do to beat your fear of flying.

1. Acknowledge and Accept Your Anxiety

A lot of people avoid flying because they know they’ll be fearful. However, just because you’ll feel anxious doesn’t mean you need to avoid planes. Acknowledge that you’ll feel anxious, but remind yourself that anxiety is tolerable. Although it might feel uncomfortable, chances are flying won’t be nearly as bad as you imagine it will.

2. Educate Yourself About Flying

When a plane crash happens, it’s big news because plane crashes are so uncommon. Thousands of successful flights happen each day.

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Educate yourself about airplanes, how they work, and how unlikely they are to experience a problem. Developing a better understanding of flying can help you alleviate some of your fears.

3. Learn Relaxation Skills

Anxiety manifests itself in several ways. When people feel anxious they often develop physical symptoms of anxiety. An increased heart rate, sweating, shaking, and nausea are some of the common physical symptoms associated with anxiety.

Relaxation skills can help calm the body and the mind. Learn some relaxation skills that you can use during the flight. Deep breathing and meditation can help reduce the physical symptoms commonly associated with anxiety.

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Guided imagery is another skill that can help calm your symptoms of anxiety. Guided imagery involves imagining a peaceful scene and helping your mind and body take a break from the situation at hand.

4. Conduct Some Exposure Therapy

The more you avoid flying, the less likely you are to overcome your fears. However, jumping on a 20-hour-flight will likely be too overwhelming at first. So start small and practice exposure therapy one step at a time.

Start by doing something plane-related that only stirs up some minor anxiety. For people with extreme phobias, this may include simply looking at pictures of planes or watching movies about planes. For others, it may include going to an airport and watching planes take off.

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Imagining yourself taking a flight can be a helpful step too. Repeated exposure to mildly anxiety-provoking situations can help you gradually build your courage. Take things one step at a time until you can work yourself up to a short flight.

5. Seek Professional Help

Meeting with a therapist can be very helpful for overcoming phobias. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one type of therapy that has been shown to be very effective in helping people overcome fears. Therapists using cognitive behavioral therapy teach people how to recognize and change anxious thoughts, calm their physical symptoms, and gradually increase their exposure to feared objects.

Often, short-term therapy can be very effective in treating phobias. Just a few therapy sessions may make a big difference in helping you overcome your fear of flying.

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6. Medicate Yourself

Talk to your doctor about medication options. Sometimes people use prescription medication to relieve anxiety associated with flying. There are several medications on the market that can be taken as needed to reduce anxiety.

7. Develop a Flight Plan

Develop a plan to help you cope with your anxiety during the flight. For example, plan to listen to relaxing music or read a good book during the flight. Distractions can help you overcome your fears.

Also, plan carefully who you’ll be flying with. Pick a companion who enjoys flying and one that will be compassionate about your anxiety. Just having someone with you that you trust may help calm a lot of your fears.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2021

The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

  1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
  2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
  3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
  4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
  5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

Now on to the checklist!

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Here is how your checklist should look

1. CAMPSITE GEAR

  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
  • Extra tarp or canopy
  • Sleeping bag for each camper
  • Sleeping pad for each camper
  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Chairs
  • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
  • Lantern
  • Lantern fuel or batteries

2.  KITCHEN

  • Stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Pot
  • French press or portable coffee maker
  • Corkscrew
  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
  • Food-storage containers
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
  • Cups, mugs
  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Foil
  • soap
  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
  • Paper towels
  • Extra bin for washing dishes

3. CLOTHES

  • Clothes for daytime
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Rainwear
  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
  • Extra layers for warmth
  • Gloves
  • Hats

4. PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletries
  • Soap

5. OTHER ITEMS

  • Camera
  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
  • Maps, area information

This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

Featured photo credit: Scott Goodwill via unsplash.com

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